The Nation of Nantucket

Eliza Starbuck Barney.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Mother of Island Genealogy

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
Dorrit Hoffleit and student outside the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Vestal Street, ca. 1970.  Courtesy of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association.

The Second Director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
Posing with the tools of the trade.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

It is said that in the colonial period on Cape Cod, lobsters were so abundant they were used as fertilizer and eaten only when nothing else was available. That...
The DAUNTLESS with Captain Burdett at the helm.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historcial Association.

With the demise of whaling on Nantucket  in the mid-nineteenth century, Nantucketers sought a new way of making a living, but a familiar one: fishing. ...
The Reverend Louise Southard Baker.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
Dorcas Honorable.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
Mike Todd, at right on parade, in his Nantucket Fire Department uniform.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Born in Chicago in 1925, Mike Todd first came to Nantucket with his grandmother, a native Nantucketer, to spend his summers.  The only boy in a sea of female...
Three Nantucket Girls.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Known as the Goldenrod Club, this society was founded in 1895 by Sara Winthrop Smith “with the aim of securing wider interests and a nobler and happier life...
Gertrude King.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
Three men bring a dory onto the beach.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Developed in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the 1850s, this small boat was made of lightweight pine boards with a narrow, flat bottom and sloping sides and ends...
Astronomical meeting at the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Observatory, ca. 1930.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago(and maybe not so long ago).  My focus...
Oyster tonging.  While a posed image, this gives you an idea of how it is done.  This is not a Nantucket image.

One can find oysters on the menu of quite a few holiday tables on Nantucket and around the coastlines of New England.  Oysters had always been abundant within...

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